Anthropology Minor

College of Liberal Arts
Undergraduate minor

About this program

Why a minor in Anthropology?

The Anthropology minor is an ideal course of study for students interested in gaining a complex, analytical understanding of:

  • The great diversity and equality of human cultures;
  • Culture’s ability to shape people’s beliefs and promote social change;
  • Anthropological approaches to solving social problems.

The discipline of anthropology is dedicated to promoting respect for all cultural groups and social justice within and across societies.

What will I do in the minor?

Courses in the Anthropology Minor will teach:

  • The origins and development of human cultures and societies;
  • Social dimensions of difference and inequality;
  • The social impact of cultural diffusion and migratory flows.

Students in the Anthropology Minor will take between 19 and 20 credits of Anthropology survey and elective courses.

What can I do with the minor?

An Anthropology Minor is an excellent complement to a number of majors. These include:

  • Professional programs such as psychology, law enforcement, criminal justice, human services, social work, and international business
  • Liberal arts programs in history, gender studies, professional communication, ethnic studies, or philosophy State and Federal Governments
  • More information on careers in anthropology can be found on the American Anthropological Association website.

Student outcomes

The learning outcomes for this minor provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter the 21st-century workplace, to:

  • know and understand the essential concepts of social science;
  • comprehend the historical foundations, theoretical paradigms, and research methods of social science;
  • develop higher order thinking skills by analyzing and interpreting social science literature;
  • write analytically in a style that is informed, well-reasoned, and literate;
  • recognize and understand differences of gender and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, religion, and social class;
  • understand and utilize a global perspective; and - to develop civic skills by participating in community-based learning and internships
  • become advocates and leaders in their communities, our nation, and the globe.

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Course requirements

Summary (19-20 credits)

Lower division elective (3-4 Credits)

ANTH 101 Human Origins

3 credits

What is evolution and how does it differ from common beliefs about human origins? Students investigate the evolution of humans and other primates, and the cultural and biological adaptations of modern humans to their environments. The course explores a variety of topics including: the origins of language and culture, fossil evidence for primate and hominid evolution, and human biological variation. Students also examine contemporary debates about human origins.

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Survey Course (4 credits)

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ANTH 301 Approaches to Cultural Anthropology

4 credits

This course introduces the study of humanity from a comparative and cross-cultural perspective. Students learn what anthropologists do, how they do it, and why. Exposure to the range of human possibilities, differences, and similarities will highlight the processes of enculturation in all societies. The course explores topics such as kinship, economics, religion, social control, globalization, culture change, and contemporary cultural issues affecting all humans.

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ANTH 302 Gender and Culture

4 credits

What is gender? How can we understand differences in gender and sexuality? Through the perspective of cultural anthropology, students examine how gender is perceived and realized in a range of human societies. Discussions on the biological/cultural determinants of gender are considered. Ethnographic materials explore how gender varies cross culturally and historically and is related to social power. Students engage with contemporary debates surrounding such themes as marriage, family, human rights, and sexuality.

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Upper Division Electives (12 credits)

Students must take 3 upper division courses in anthropology. Students may substitute SSCI 300, SSCI 311, SSCI 401, or SSCI 501 for one upper division anthropology course.